Patent at the core of Android interpreted in Apple's favor

The '263 patent, which represents important technology at the core of Android, has been interpreted by a United States Circuit Judge in a manner that will probably cause HTC to be found guilty of infringing of the patent...
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49 Comments

6. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Man, apple must really feel like they are on shaky ground to strike this early at android. Usually this tactic comes out when the race is almost completely lost, and its the last move a company has left. Generally, at least a decade goes by before a company tries to work on this type of patent on the fundamentals of a system. Apple must not be hitting the sales figures they were hoping for.

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

their last earnings report begs to differ…

15. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Begs to differ what?

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

that they are not hitting the sales figure they wanted.. tim cook says "We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs"

20. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Well, almost every company SAYS they are happy with their sales, unless they are just horrible. That doesn't mean they are happy that the race with android has slipped away already. They have fallen way back in market share, and the trend is that it's getting worse, and fast. I said sales figures, but I probably should have say market share. Any more arguments?

22. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha well sales figures and market share are quite different… and can u provide a link that shows apple marketshare declining rapidly? a recent one i mean… because from reports (although i doubt all have it completely accurate) dont seem to support what ur saying… no doubt android has more market share, but i dint think apple is declining rapidly either http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-brief/61070-android-suffers-first-ever-market-share-decline

33. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Well, in less than five years, apple has soared onto the scene and was blowing every previously existing platform away. Now they have just over a quarter of smart phones. They had a huge quarter, after pretty low sales in the previous quarter while everyone was waiting for the new one. And now they slow down again, and android will gain even more, and when a new iphone comes out, it will temporarily make up some of the ground. The smart phone market is in it's infancy on the world scene, still less than 20% of all phones. So holding about 25% of that 20% isn't a strong position to be in at all, unless you are just gaining ground like crazy, which they are not. One blip quarter means nothing when you have one phone. This is an almost exact replay of apple losing market share to windows in the 1990's.

48. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

marketshare does not mean everything though… apple is worth more than any other tech company without dominating an entire market in their best-selling device… 20 percent is enough for them to make more money than any other android manufacturer… so i see no reason why they are decreasing in whatever u r trying to say… they arent losing market share, and they are gaining tons and tons of revenue

28. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I think he was being sarcastic, meaning that although Apple had record numbers, they still wanted more.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well great, just when it looked like all the madness might have an expiration date, we get a whole new carton of eggs to be tossed around.

14. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So are these the Wars of the 21st century?

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Well, if you subscribe to the notion that war is politics by other means, then patent litigation is bidness by other means....

16. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Apple is going to give us a better world without Android Or certainly worse

19. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

Way to go Apple!!! That's the way to bring innovation and diversity to the technology world... by trying to smother, crush, strangle, and stomp any and all competition. As if the billions wasn't enough... let's try and make sure no one else can even make a million... this shtuff is ridiculous!

21. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

i am not a tech freak .. Can anyone explain it clearly in simple English what will happen to Android ??

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Too soon to tell. This litigation is in its infancy. There will be an inevitable appeal. The appeal decision will be appealed by the loser to the Supremes. Even if the Supremes rule in Apple's favor, there is the matter of other patents (Moto's & Sammy's patent portfolios) that Apple is probably infringing. And, and, and. At the end of the day (more like decade), there will be some sort of global settlement where someone pays someone else a bunch of cash and everyone goes off into the sunset. The losers handset prices will increase by about $10 to $20 apiece.

29. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Well even if HTC is found guilty, the US courts aren't going to have their products pulled from the shelves or forbidden to be sold. The courts will just have HTC pay for the patent licensing fees, products only get pulled off the shelves in the US if they're dangerous.

35. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

"API that allows realtime interaction between two or more sub-systems" There is a patent for THIS?

49. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

If the Patent is embedded in Android Apple should go after Google. Not the manufacturers using Googles software. If this goes through and Apple wins through manufacturer's instead of going after Google then Apple will take this patent to Samsung, Motorola, LG, Pantech, ZTE, and all other Android Manufactures. Apple should be going after Google for the patent infringement. But it seems that they are to scared of Google since they still haven't taken them on head to head. The manufacturer's are only simply using the provided OS. And if Apple does win and Google buys Motorola hopefully Google will go after patent infringement for Apple using some patents for having a cell phone and knocks Apple back to simply making iPod's. Or Motorola takes Apple on before hand.
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